The 10 Best Seeds for Indoor Growing
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Today we’re going to talk about the 10 best seeds for indoor growing; strains that will live up to your expectations, producing hard and dense buds that every grower wants to see on their plants. You can get the absolute best yields with these strains and you definitely won’t be disappointed, even if this is your first time growing.
Today we’re going to talk about the key strains for a successful indoor grow, as well as their amazing flavors and aromas.
Melon Gum :
Melon Gum is a strain by Dr. Underground that offers extremely flavorful buds in a short flowering period. At the beginning this plant grows extremely similar to lettuce, with wide leaves and round, although as the grow advances they grow some more and start looking more like cannabis. You can plant around 9-16 in a 1.2×1.2 grow tent. To get the most out of this strain you should prune the lower branches and leave just the central stem and 4-6 branches below it to be able to plant all 16 in the allotted space. It begins flowering at around two weeks after switching the light period, and in just 7 weeks your plant will be ready to harvest. It has quite a relaxing effect and its colors are eye-catching towards the end of the flowering period. You’ll be able to see the resin from a distance on these plants’ buds and even all over the bigger leaves, making it perfect for extracts that are amazing in both quality and flavor. The buds on this plant are dense and hard; everyone should try this strain at least once.
Critical + :
This is most likely the most planted in indoor grows, mostly due to the amazing yield that it gives in extremely small spaces. This plant concentrates all of its production on the upper part. You can plant around 16 Critical + per square meter, but you’ll need to properly prune the lower branches so that the main stem can produce more buds. When growing it doesn’t seem like it’s going to grow that tall, but when switched to the flowering period it rapidly stretches, growing up to 4 times bigger, so you’ll need to use stakes or wires to make sure it doesn’t double over with the weight of the buds on top. They grow to around 1.2m tall when they’re done, and you can get 550g from just one square meter of grow with the 16 plants we mentioned before. You can also plant clones and set them directly to flower in this formation. It has a citric flavor, and a little bit of this weed goes a long way. The only downside to this strain is that because so many people plant it, people have gotten kind of bored of it.
Northern Lights :
This is another strain that won’t disappoint if planted correctly and taken care off. Northern Lights by Sensi Seeds is a plant that, unlike the previous ones, concentrates most of its production on the branches. Don’t place too many plants; 9 per square meter under a 600w light should be more than enough to get a decent yield, and even four properly pruned plants are enough to get 500g per square meter. It takes a while for the growth to really catch on, but once it starts it won’t stop. If you prune it, you’ll need to switch it to flowering after two weeks even if it seems small. It will grow long, amazing buds on the branches that are dense and covered in resin. The flavor is earthy, and enough to satiate even the toughest of smokers. The smoke is dense and will fill your mouth with amazing flavors. You should have your harvest ready in just 9 flowering weeks.
Tutankhamon by Pyramid Seeds is a selection of AK47’s that has amazing flowering power; however the flavor is nothing like the original. When it grows it grows wide and strong right from the start, and when you switch it to the flowering lights it stays nice and short, so there’s no need to top it. This strain should produce enough with just 4 plants per square meter (due to how wide it is). Each plant should easily reach 80g, and if you put your back into it you can get even more. It takes 9-10 weeks to flower, and it has an amazing quantity of resin that leaves the buds nice and shiny. This is one of my personal favorites.
Original Cheese :
There are many different Cheese strains on the market, and one of the best ones is the Original Cheese by Dinafem. This strain offers yellowish buds that are bursting with flavor and aroma. It grows quite like a Skunk strain, quite stretched out, so 9-16 plants per square meter is enough, and leaving just the central stem and a few lower leaves is a good idea for this set up. Another method that’s good for this strain is to plant them in 12/12 right after germinating, as they grow into one long cola of buds with 4 small branches, making it the perfect size for planting many plants and getting the maximum yield. The buds are fine, although hard and heavy; they might not look like much but you’ll get quite a heavy yield from a small amount. The buds open up quite a lot when ground, and if you have a pollen container in your grinder after a few joints you should have enough to roll one with the precious resin of this plant. It has quite a relaxing effect even though it’s 70% sativa. If you decide to grow this strain make sure you have a decent odor filter to avoid any issues.
Power Plant :
Power Plant by Dutch Passion is a strain that’s available in both feminized and regular seeds; it gives some nice looking plants with some even nicer smoke. It leaves a strong sweet cannabis smell, and although it’s a complete sativa it grows like an indica in shape and speed. When it’s in the veg stage you can’t really tell that it’s a sativa at all, but when it begins flowering it acquires a lighter color and it turns into a mass of white, sticky pistils that will make the plant practically shine. It takes around 9-10 weeks to flower after flipping the lights, and its buds are long, hard and sticky, similar to Critical +. If you plant this strain it will most likely turn into one of your favorite strains to grow indoors. Even though it’s a sativa you can easily fit 9 plants per square meter thanks to its compact height.
This plant will show you exactly how cannabis can taste super sweet, as it’s one of the most flavorful sweet strains that you can find on the market. If you were to have a nug of Txomango by Genehtik in your pocket walking down the street, people would notice you more than those annoying people that play their music at full volume in public. When you grow Txomango indoors it will grow nice and compact with a short distance between nodes and plenty of branches, which means that it needs a good amount of space to grow the branches properly. Bending or doing a FIM prune is a good idea with this strain, allowing you to plant just 4 plants per square meter which will guarantee a decent yield of long and stretched out buds full of sweet flavors. It’s mainly sativa, so it’s great for smoking during the day as it won’t interfere too much in your day to day activities. This strain is one of those that people smoke mostly for the flavor rather than the effect. In just 10 weeks of flowering your harvest should be ready, and you can get around 400g per square meter with 9 plants or 4 properly pruned plants.
Green Poison :
Sweet Seeds offers us one of the most powerful cerebral effects that I have ever experienced; Green Poison will leave you in an amazingly stoned mental state. This strain grows tall, with long branches, so they’re perfect for growing from clones in a SOG set up to get the most weight out of the yield. Grown from seeds this strain takes up a lot of space for the amount of cannabis it produces, and the lower branches never fully develop as the light can’t reach them properly. What you’ll need to do is place 4 plants per square meter, and if you correctly prune the branches you can get absolute balls of bud that, if grown using the SOG system, can reward growers with up to 600g per square meter. The buds are resinous and spongy like chewing gum; it takes a while for them to dry. Once they’re dry and cured you’ll have some maximum potency buds in your possession, with a strong effect and some Diesel like flavors.
Blue Cheese :
Blue Cheese by Barney’s Farm has been out a good while now, but now after so many people have planted it, it’s gotten much more famous for its exotic aspect and taste. It’s a mix of Blueberry x Cheese, giving it an extremely fresh aroma and flavor, similar to berries, with some fine and heavy Cheese-like buds. It grows compact and short, so 9-16 plants under 600w should be enough to get a decent yield, and it takes 65 days to flower, a total of 80 days after flipping the lights. It takes a while to flower but once you see the beautiful blueish buds you’ll realize that the wait was definitely worth it. Its leaves are also beautifully covered in resin, and they end up completely full with resin making them perfect for BHO extracts.
Somango #47 :
Somango #47 is a strain for all of those unfortunate growers who tend to have horrible powdery mildew issues in theyr grows. When you plant Somango #47 by Positronics you can rest assured that this plant won’t get any mildew even if it’s surrounded by plants that have it. It grows with wide leaves and a strong trunk, with some long branches that reach the top of the plant quite quickly, and both the central cola and the branches are extremely productive. You can place 16 plants straight into 12/12 to grow out that nice central stem, or you can clone it and use a SOG to get the most weight in yield possible. Either way, you can stop worrying about fungi with this strain. It will take around 70 days to flower, rewarding patient growers with an amazing, top quality yield. It has both an earthy and sweet taste, similar to Cream Caramel.
Whichever one of these ten amazing strains you choose to plant, we’re certain that you won’t regret doing it, and you’ll be more than happy with your precious indoor grow. All of these plants have an amazing aroma, flavor and effect, and although some may take a while to flower you can trust us when we say that it is most definitely worth the wait. If you’re not sure what to plant just have a look at our list of personal favorites and hopefully you can make up your mind. Happy growing!
Author: Javier Chinesta
Translator: Ciara Murphy
A list of the 10 best seeds for indoor growing so that you know which one is the best for your specific needs if this is your first grow.
Easiest Indoor Plants to Grow from Seed
You’re thinking of growing some indoor plants from seed, but you want an easy, stress-free experience. After all, you may be new to gardening and afraid of messing up or you just don’t have the time you wish you had to devote to your houseplants. Therefore, the less effort these seed plants take to grow, the better. Which indoor plants should you get?
What are the easiest indoor plants to grow from seed? The easiest indoor plants to grow from seed include:
- Cat grass
- Living stone
- Peace lily
- African violet
- English ivy
- Asparagus fern
In this article, we’ll tell you how to grow the above indoor plants from seed. We’ll also share some fun facts about each of these plants you’ve probably never heard before. So keep reading, you won’t want to miss this!
The Easiest Houseplants to Grow from Seed
If you read our article on houseplants your cat can eat , then you remember cat grass was at the top of that list. A grass known as Dactylis glomerata and a part of the Dactylis genus, cat grass also goes by names like orchard grass or cock’s-foot. It comes from northern Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. The reason most people call it cat grass is because your kitty friends can eat it safely. In fact, cat grass can induce a mood boost in felines, which does actually affect a large portion of the cats that eat it.
To grow cat grass from seed, use a shallow, slim container. Make sure it has drainage holes. Then, take some potting soil and fill the container almost all the way (¾ fullness). Get the soil somewhat wet and then add your seeds. Place the container somewhere at home where it will receive indirect light. Maintain your room temperature and put plastic wrap over the container as well.
Within several days, the first traces of your cat grass should appear. Take the plastic wrap off and transfer the container to a room where it gets more sunlight at this point. Let the grass grow to at least four inches and then feed to your kitty!
We’ve talked a lot about succulent houseplants you can grow as part of your indoor garden, but we’ve never touched on living stones, at least not yet. The Lithops belongs to the Aizoaceae family, which includes many other ice plants. Its name comes from Greek words that refer to its stone-like appearance. The living stone grows in parts of the world like southern Africa, but you can plant it at home as well. The appeal of this houseplant is the wealth of colors, textures, and shapes it boasts.
Want to plant some living stone with seeds? Begin by combining perlite with potting mix. Make sure you have the same quantities of both. Then pour some water on the mixture and transfer it to a pot. This should have drainage holes near the top. Next, put in your seeds. Your living stone requires a crushed rock or fine sand layer over the seeds that’s 1/8 inches thick.
Mist your soil, doing this again and again as needed during germination. Like the cat grass before it, you’ll want to have plastic wrap over your plant at this point. A glass pane is another alternative.
Keep your living stone in a space where it gets sun and warmth, anywhere from 65 through 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Germination can happen quickly, in two weeks, or more slowly, over about 12 weeks. Once that time elapses, take the plastic wrap off. Move the seedlings to their own pots by the one-year mark.
While it is much more common to propagate cacti by taking a piece of an already mature cactus that’s either fallen off on it’s own or been broken off for the purpose of propagating, growing a cactus from seed can give you a completely different since of achievement.
With about 1,750 species, the Cactaceae family is quite a cramped one. You can grow plenty of indoor cacti, including:
- Gymnocalycium mihanovichii or moon cactus
- Schlumbergera bridgesii or Christmas cactus
- Hatiora gaertneri or Easter cactus
- Astrophytum asterias or star cactus
- Mammillaria hahniana or old lady cactus
- Carnegiea gigantea or Saguaro cactus
- Gymnocalycium or chin cactus
- Opuntia microdasys or bunny ears cactus
No matter which of the above cactus plants appeals to you most, you’ll want to plant the seeds in soil with some compost. This can be cacti compost or anything else loamy. Make sure the compost has a gritty and moist texture as well. Push your seeds down a bit into the soil. Next, apply your fine grit or vermiculite until the compost has a good layer of the stuff. Then place a plastic bag over the seeds and leave the cactus somewhere warm.
Wait for a few weeks and the seedlings should sprout up. That’s when you can take the bag off. When the compost begins to dry out, water it. Mist in between watering. It may take a while, but the seedlings will soon become cacti. By then, you need to put each one in their own pot using tweezers and gloves. Don’t get poked!
A personal favorite of ours, the Spathiphyllum or peace lily provides big rewards even for beginner gardeners. That’s due to the appealing white flower it grows. While having a peace lily that you’ve grown yourself from any stage not only has the potential to impress your family and friends but also give you an almost unique since of achievement after you’ve cared and nurtured a plant that has the potential to turn into something so widely accepted as one of the more naturally beautiful plants.
To plant your peace lily via seeds, you need to watch how much potting soil you add. Depending on the size of the seeds, you may need more (or less) soil. Like with many of the houseplants we’ve talked about thus far, you want to make sure you blanket the seeds in soil. Then, moisten the soil with water.
You’ll start to notice the seeds turn yellow after some time. They also get softer. Both of these signs are normal, as they indicate maturity. That said, you’re in for a long wait to see that infamous peace lily flower, as growing the plant from seed takes years for it to fully mature.
While this articles includes some of the easiest indoor plants for beginners to grow from seed, the plants on this list are not necessarily the fastest growing house plants .
If you do like flowers, then we’ll once again point you in the direction of the African violet or Saintpaulia. These Gesneriaceae family members have six to 20 species, so you can have lots of fun growing all the varieties of African violet at home or in your office. They originally come from Tanzania, but you’ll find the African violet is quite versatile. For instance, you could plant it outdoors as well as indoors.
Although more people will take cuttings of the African violet and grow new ones that way, there’s nothing wrong with planting some seeds. Make sure you have pasteurized peat moss, perlite, milled coconut, or a similar medium for this plant. You want to apply some water to the medium until it becomes moist. Then transfer your medium to the seed starters and water again.
Put your seeds in and then tighten some plastic wrap over the seed cells. You’ll need grow lights for planting African violet like this. The seeds should sit close to the grow lights, no further than 10 inches. Give them lots of light for 12 to 14 hours each day. The plastic wrap, which should stay on for a while, maintains the right humidity. Once the seedlings have a width of two inches, take the plastic wrap off and transfer the growing African violets to a pot.
Although it’s called common ivy, the Hedera helix or English ivy is anything but boring. We’ve attested on this blog before to this houseplant’s impressive length. It also grows quickly, making it an ideal addition to any indoor garden. If you’re one of those people who likes to see the fruits of your labor sooner than later, then you’ll quite enjoy planting English ivy in your apartment or home.
The growth process is a bit involved, so only attempt it if you’re up for the challenge. Before you can ever begin growing English ivy from seeds, make sure the seeds have a nice residency in your fridge, staying in there for one or two months. From there, take the seeds and plunk them in a bowl of water. Keep this water at room temperature and then let the seeds sit until morning. They’ll germinate faster for your efforts.
Next, grab your tray, adding potting soil at a thickness of ¼ inches. Prepare your seeds, one for each tray section. The seeds should sit firmly in the soil but not be buried. Then water a little, but not to the point of saturation. Maintain soil moisture and seedlings should start to grow!
Ah yes, Sprenger’s asparagus or the humble asparagus fern. Despite its name, it’s neither asparagus nor a fern. That’s despite that the Asparagus aethiopicus’ nickname is also the foxtail fern. Hailing from South Africa, the asparagus fern decorates many gardens, so why not yours as well?
You can use asparagus fern berries as a source for the seeds, since they contain at least a seed each (some berries have up to three seeds!). The healthiest berries have a bright red color and a diameter of at least 1/4th an inch. All asparagus seed berries can cause skin irritation, though, so never touch them without gloves!
To get the seeds, cut open the berry a little. Applying sandpaper or scarifying the seeds can also begin germination. Pop them in warm water and wait 24 hours. Then ready your seed tray, filling it with seed-starting mix that’s ¾ inches full. Moisten the mix and cover the seeds in it. Then add more soil, about ¼ inches. Mist the soil, add some plastic wrap, and keep the seeds in a room temperature environment.
In three to four weeks, germination should occur. Then the seedlings need more direct sunlight. Your asparagus fern will develop two leaves, and that’s when you know it’s time to move them to their own pots.
The appealing coleus plant has vivid leaves with hues like purple, green, and pink, but you must keep it out of direct sunlight to maintain that color. You can pick from a handful of coleus species to grow indoors, including:
- Coleus rotundifolius
- Coleus forskohlii
- Coleus esculentus
- Coleus edulis
- Coleus caninus
- Coleus barbatus
- Coleus amboinicus
- Coleus blumei, also known as coleus scutellarioides
Start your coleus growing adventure by covering a container with fine starting soil. Then add your seeds. Maintain soil moisture and temperature, which should be 65 to 85 degrees. This plant likes bottom heat best. It takes a while for the seedlings to appear, anywhere from 12 to 21 days.
Once that happens, the coleus will need more light, so keep the houseplant on your windowsill. You can also use fluorescent plant lights to encourage growth, keeping these on for at least 16 hours. The seedlings must sit three or four inches from the light.
What is the fastest growing plant from seed?
If you want to grow a plant ASAP from seeds, try vegetables such as peas, beans, and especially radishes. The outer coat of the seed needs water, as it triggers a germination enzyme in the radish. If you do this, you should see growth in as little as six days, sometimes eight!
Is it better to soak seeds before planting them?
Germination, or the seed-growing process, can often be triggered by soaking seeds, as we’ve shared in this article. While this does have its benefits, you have to be careful. You should only soak the seeds for 24 hours. You also can’t use too much water, as you can accidentally drown your seeds. Then they won’t grow.
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